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Purchase approvals on Google Play

If you created a family group, you can require that family members get your permission before making purchases using the family payment method.

How purchase approval works

  1. A family member starts a purchase using the family payment method.
  2. The family manager enters their password on the family member's device.
  3. The purchase is completed.

By default, family members ages under 18 will need to get your approval for all purchases, and family members ages 18 and older need your approval to make in-app purchases.

All paid content

Family members need your approval for all purchases made using the family payment method, including paid apps or items sold inside apps. This setting is only available for family members ages under 18.

Only in-app purchases

Family members only need your approval to use the family payment method to buy in-app purchases billed by Google Play, like coins in games.

No approval required

Family members don’t need any approval to make purchases using the family payment method. The family manager will still get an email receipt for these purchases.

Change your family member's purchase approval settings

If you're the family manager, you can choose the purchase approval settings for your family members.

  1. Open the Play Store app Play Store.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Account and then Family and then Manage family members.
  3. Tap your family member's name.
  4. Select All paid content (only available for family members under 18), Only in-app purchases, or No approval required.

Note: If the option to turn on the "All paid content" purchase approval setting is grayed out for a family member under 18, have your family member check that their account information is correct.

See your purchase approval settings

If you aren't the family manager, follow the steps below to see what your purchase approval settings for the family payment method are:

  1. Open the Play Store app Play Store.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Account and then Family and then View family members.
  3. Tap your name.

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